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NUMBER ONE BULLETS: 05-13-15

 

Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, 12-Gauge, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. It's a mythic injection kinda day!

This week, Geoff Deen, Joe Kach, and Sam Moyerman review Harrow County #1, Injection #1, The Mantle #1, and Mythic #1.  

 

 

Harrow County #1 (Dark Horse)-

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(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Tyler Crook
Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined.
Don't miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creator of smash hit The Sixth Gun, beautifully and hauntingly realized by B.P.R.D.'s Tyler Crook!  

It takes a lot to be able to breath real life into a stereotypical horror story.  This tale, about a town of farmers who first benefited from and later killed a witch who lived among them, manages to do just that.  It's impressive in a story where, so far, nothing truly stands out as unique, you can't help but keep turning pages and getting invested.  Part of it is the joy that you *kind of* know where things are going.  Of course the murder of the witch didn't go exactly right.  Of course the town and farmers are still worried about her coming back to haunt them.  And of course one of the farmers has a young daughter who is about to turn 18 and has terrible nightmares about the town and land.  We get into this tale right as strange things are happening to Emmy and the world is turning a bit upside down.  Cullen Bunn writes the tale without trying to do too much and the story benefits from it.  But the real reason the book works so well is the artwork of Tyler Crook, whose style really nails the down-home farm feel and the horror feel all at once.  Just like the story, it gives the feeling of the familiar and yet also the sense of foreboding.  Fans of horror should definitely pick this one up. (Sam)

 

Injection #1 (Image)-

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(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life.
INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of Moon Knight. It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller, and ghost story all at the same time. A serialized sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and about five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection. 

These are my favorite Warren Ellis books; interesting science fiction comics that drop you in confused and allow you to sort out the story yourself as you dig through the first few issues.  No hand-holding, just raw British Sci-Fi with a healthy does of weird.  We are introduced to an odd group of characters for what appears to be a series of covert British agencies that focus on the paranormal.  No real explanation from the outset, but something is definitely afoot and I am eager to get to issue two so I can find out what in the world was behind mystery door number one.  The art by Declan Shalvey is absoutely great and a perfect fit for this book.  Panels and pacing flow quickly and the art is allowed to do the talking instead of exhaustive exposition.  This is an easy recommendation for me; pick this title up, read it, be confused, and then patiently wait for issue number two. (Geoff)

 

The Mantle #1 (Image)-

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(W) Ed Brisson (A/CA) Brian Level
Robbie never asked for any of this. While drunkenly walking home from a punk show, he's hit with lightning and wakes to find that he's been chosen as the new host for The Mantle, a power set of unimaginable scope. Despite his lack of interest, he's forced into action. The Plague, a being who has spent 50 years killing every previous host of The Mantle, is already coming for him. 

As I read this book, I grew more and more disinterested the further I proceeded.  All I could see were cliches piled on top of each other.  Disgruntled youth, cosmic power chooses said youth, he is the 'chosen one', must prepare him ... and just on the verge of an '80s montage, The Mantle threw its one and only curve ball. But it was a good one.  Written by Ed Bisson with art by Brian Level, The Mantle deserves all the criticism of that first sentence.  The same story we have read a hundred times before, made worse by unnecessary swearing.  However, a surprise ending just might save it, judgement has been postponed for issue number two.  I am going to play it safe and land this review right in the middle, but for any interested readers you might be best to hold off and wait for the next issue to come out and gauge its reception.   (Geoff)

 

Mythic #1 (Image)-

3.5 out of 5

(W) Phil Hester (A/CA) John McCrea
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $1.99! Science is a lie, an opiate for the masses. The truth is, magic makes the world go 'round. And when magic breaks, MYTHIC fixes it. Apache shaman Waterson, Greek immortal Cassandra, and cell phone salesman Nate Jayadarma are the crack field team assigned with keeping the gears of the supernatural world turning, and more importantly, keeping you from ever knowing about it.
Join Eisner nominee PHIL HESTER (Green Arrow, The Coffin) and Eisner winner JOHN McCREA (Hitman, The Boys) on their latest expedition to the dark heart of weird comics. 

This is a solid start to a promising new series by two proven creators. The action starts right at the beginning, slamming us into the story at full speed and goes from there. Now, there is a sense of familiarity in the story about an everyday guy who finds himself pulled into a world of madness and danger that he was always destined to be part of. Think Men In Black meets Constantine.  The characters are interesting, albeit archetypal. The settings and folklore work well together. And the monsters are pretty freaking cool. This would be a 4-star review except for the fact that it felt short. There were a few double-page spreads that I didn't think were necessary and made the book feel padded. But, like I Said, there's a lot to like here, you sort of know what you're going to get, and there's definitely some fun to be had. I'm on board for #2. (Joe)

 

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